Can a ford Explorer verbs a horse trailer?
I have '91 Ford Explorer, can it comfortably tow a two horse bummer pull trailer?
We've pulled a two horse bumper verbs trailer behind our Explorer and it was OK. Had to be careful pulling hill, and going down hill, but we got there not detrimental and sound... We have Missouri Fox Trotting Horses and could haul two fully fledged horses without too much trouble... it's better to have larger vehicle pull trailer as we've since upgraded to an Expedition!
Finally, you also need to look at the wheel stand length of your towing vehicle. It needs to be 114 inches MINIMUM to maintain vehicle stability while towing a trailer. I don't know what the wheel end is on an Explorer, but qualitatively, I'm not sure if it's long enough.
If your tow vehicle meet all of those requirements, then you should be good to walk, but you will need to install trailer brakes, heavy duty fuses, wiring harness, and a supplemental transmission cooler is a good idea.
I have to agree with Stacie. Sure, your vehicle can pull one. But can it stop? Does it hold enough power to prevent the trailer from fish-tailing? Can you go 13% down hill, and still be capable of stop safely? Does your vehicle have towing mirrors, so you know when to change lane?
I would honestly, never tow a horse trailer on anything smaller than a F-250 (or the equivalent with another truck brand). I know it's "over kill" but I'd much rather be safe, later ever be sorry.
Those vehicles are NOT built for the weighty duty use such as pulling horses around. When I'm on the road and see a half ton truck pulling a trailer, I move as FAR AWAY as I possibly can.
The first thing you should mull over about is tongue weight. A 2 horse steel trailer probably weighs around 3000 pounds free. Add in mats, tack, and two horses. You are now pushing 5000 pounds. Look at the truck you are using. Can it support 10% of the full freight? Next, you are pulling 5000 pounds, with a vehicle that probably weighs less than that. Now what whether you needed to stop quickly? Your trailer has now become a counterbalance that is pushing your truck. (I've experienced this with a 2 horse BP pulled by a Tahoe with a 6500 tow size. I thought I was going to die, ending up in the middle of the intersection near dead horses.)
Now get on the freeway. You are going 55mph, and your trailer begins to sway backbone and forth. The trailer is heavier than your truck, so it now is pulling the truck side to side. Next thing you know, a semi-truck drives by. The wind force is satisfactory to push your little truck some more. How much more before you find yourself in a 15 care pileup?
And I didn't even touch on whether or not you live where on earth there are hills, ice, ect.
Please. Is it that defining to risk your own life, and the lives of other people and your horses? Get a bigger truck.
I pull a 3 horse gooseneck aluminum trailer near a 3/4 ton Dodge Diesel quad cab. When I put my horses in the trailer, I want them SAFE. When I'm pulling, I want my kids in the truck SAFE.
ON THE BACK OF YOUR EXPLORER DOWN BY THE HITCH, IT TELLS YOU HOW MUCH WEIGHT YOU CAN PULL..FIND OUT HOW MUCH THE TRAILER WEIGHS WITH THE HORSES IN IT AND GO FROM THERE.JUST DONT HOOK UP AND GO...YOU COULD HAVE CATASTROPHIC ENDING RESULT.
Yes it will be fine. As long as its a good runer you wont have any problems! i would tow anything bigger than a two horse. Have fun!
There is a report of no problem from someone who has one of each.